Mobile Learning for K-12

Pinterest

What is it:

Pinterest can basically be summed up by referring to it as, an idea generator. It acts as a place to find and share ideas that someone has had.

How can it be used for Educational purposes:

Students can use Pinterest as a place to find interesting ways to do assignments and share any ideas that they may have. A teacher could make a Pinterest page and have students follow it enabling them to see interesting items that relate to the course they are doing.

Poll Everywhere

What is it:

Poll Everywhere is an online forum where a person can set up questions to be asked to participants using a electronic device (laptop, tablet, phone). Participants have the ability to answer questions without actually speaking up.

How can it be used for Educational purposes:

Poll Everywhere would be useful in an educational setting because it allows all students to have a voice, even those who wouldn't normally speak up. A teacher can get a better understanding of where the class as a whole is at by polling students.

Twitter

What is it:

Twitter is an online social network that is based around users sending short messages.

How can it be used for Educational purposes:

Twitter is an interesting app to include in the classroom because it didn't strike me as a classroom tool at first, but I believe it could be very useful for students, parents, and teachers. Twitter would give students, parents, and teachers a way to communicate quickly outside of school hours. Aside from communication it could be used as a place for students to get up to date information by following professionals in a particular field. Having up to date information could be beneficial when doing school tasks.

StudyBlue

What is it:

StudyBlue is a online note taking, and study aid. It can be used to make flashcards, but in a digital format instead of written.

How can it be used for Educational purposes:

StudyBlue can be used in a school setting to assist students with studying. An app like this can be used on a computer, and mobile devices, this enables the student to type flashcards for studying and then review them anytime, anyplace using their mobile app.

VoiceThread

What is it:

VoiceThread is an alternative method to conferencing with people. The benefits of using this app is that it allows information to be shared in both visual forms and audio forms.

How can it be used for Educational purposes:

VoiceThread could be used in a school setting by using it as a forum for students to communicate with each other and the teacher. This communication is beneficial for students because they can see the content being discussed, and they can also hear it. An app of this nature eliminates barriers to learning for more students.

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